From my perspective as a woman of color who believes in peace and reconciliation, coming from a country with an 18-year civil war, I decided long ago that it is better to trust in hope and peace no matter how difficult a situation is. I came from a war-torn land and have permanent scars from my own experience. I live all the way up here in the North to escape. Yet, no matter where you turn you run into the suffering of our Mother Earth at the hands of us. My life has not been easy and I learned that in spite of all the bad things we need hope so we don’t get lost and we must remain strong enough to endure the hardest of times. Some people have to rise from the ashes like the Phoenix, becoming born again in spirit and filled with hope.